I started my career with a corporate Estate Agency many years ago. It was wasn’t long before I realised that the quality service I wanted to offer would be better suited to a business of my own. Clarkes Estates was launched in 2005 in Bognor Regis along with my wife Paula. Since then the business has gone from strength to strength with the addition of the Lettings department and a second local office in Arundel. Helping clients is still my passion. Outside of business life, I keep fit by running and enjoy climbing, walking and sailing, to name but a few outdoor pursuits.
My career move to estate agency and opening the business with Paul in 2005 is the best move I ever made. I have always had a real love for property and home interiors even before opening Clarkes, with a previous history of interior design work and soft furnishings. Every day is different in the life of an Estate agent and I enjoy getting to know clients and helping them achieve their individual needs when moving home. I lead the Arundel office and am having a great time Living the Dream Job. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, learning to sail, running, walking and musicals. Recent challenges were climbing Mount Snowdon, and running the Chichester 10k. Now I want to go see some more of the world and see the more obscure places that we all hear about.
Position: Branch Manager - Arundel
With over 25 years of experience and knowledge in the south of England, Christopher is proud to be an estate agent and says “ I fell in love with the industry due to the architecture and history that properties offer!” In his spare time Christopher enjoys sailing with his daughters at Emsworth. He says “There is nothing quite like the serenity of Chichester harbour when the tide is low, however, when the tide is up, it brings a wave of life enjoyed by so many! Watching the juniors have so much fun in their dinghies, in such a wonderful setting!” Christopher is delighted to join Clarkes Estates in Arundel and looks forward to meeting and serving the Arundel community.
Matt joined the agency industry in 2017 with his first post being at Clarkes in Bognor Regis and has quickly moved from strength to strength, resulting in him taking on a more challenging role at our Arundel Office. Matt says ‘I knew right from college that I wanted to work in agency. The properties themselves are fascinating and I enjoy interacting with people from all walks of life. I am a local and count myself very lucky to be able to work in a town as beautiful as Arundel.’ When not at work, Matt can be found covered in mud playing competitive football, and is a huge Formula 1 fan. Matt has a hidden talent; he plays the Trumpet in a soul band called ‘Lem and the White Fire’, and plays at festivals and pubs all year round.
Position: Lettings Manager
Donna is well versed staff member who has experience in both Lettings and Sales. Donna first joined the company in a lettings role, handling the movements of Rents and arranging to fix to those pesky maintenance issues. Being an ambitious girl who has set her sights on success Donna soon transferred over to sales team and immediately took the “Top Neg” honors for the Bognor Office. Having put her Sales skills to excellent use, Donna took a subsequently a promotion and is now the Manager of the Lettings department. She is a serious fitness buff and so when Donna is not at work she can almost certainly be found in the gym working on her regime and cooking up a healthy meal for her and her partner. No fatty burgers or chocolate is allowed here! We try to tempt her every day, but her personal discipline just puts the rest of us to shame
Position: Mortgage Broker
I have been a mortgage broker for 10 years. I am a proud winner of the British Mortgage Awards 2010 and I come highly recommended by my clients. I am delighted to be associated with Clarkes who I have worked in conjunction with for over 5 years, our combined exceptional service standards have ensured that our clients have moved quickly and have been fully supported in all aspects of the moving process.
Born in Bognor Regis, James says ‘I am excited to be working in the local property market as Bognor is my terrain and I know it well. I am always ready and willing to support my clients and colleagues and enjoy being a team player’ Before joining Clarkes, James worked in financial services for 3 years and is now using many of his skills to assist clients through the maze of house buying and selling. When he is not at work, James enjoys playing football and keeping fit with boxing training…he says ‘some may call me James Rossy Balboa!’
Having finished her law and business diploma, Christina decided that lettings was for her because it incorporates her love of law. In Christina’s words, “Every day is different, I enjoy handling the rent accounts, preparing documentation, and assisting in other areas of lettings allows me to continue to expand my skill sets even further.” Christina is enthusiastic about health and fitness, so when she isn’t at work you’ll find her working out in local gym, doing a Pilates class or socialising with friends.
Sue worked as a Corporate Banking & Acquisitions Lawyer after graduating with a first class law degree and a first in her Law Society Finals. After a career in private practice, she has concentrated on property based businesses. Sue takes a keen interest in local charitable work, particularly in relation to children and the wider community.
Position: Bognor Regis Office, Negotiator
Juliette is one the rare people that studied an actual Estate Agency qualification before she was employed in the industry. We were impressed, and so here she is! Juliette has handled several personal property projects of her own, and when you add to that full time work, a husband and add a young son, it’s fair to say that Juliette has a lot going on in life. In her spare time Juliette enjoys socialising with family and friends, visiting the theatre, going for walks and loves nothing better than a rummaging around at a car boot sale and spotting the perfect bargain. If you ask her to help you, she’ll find a property bargain for you too!